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Sep 21, 2006 11:34 AM

Modern tea party - recipes...

I'm having a thoroughly modern and chic tea party and was hoping for some recipes ideas; sandwhich fillers, drink ideas?
Also, any ideas for home made menu's for the guests to take home?

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  1. Big slabs of fruitcake to go with the tea....

    1. Will have to look for some recipes.Saw one in a Woman's Day where you take frozen lemonade and mix it in a pitcher according to directions.Then they added several Celesteial Seasonings Wild Berry tea bags,think three to six and let sit overnight.Called it berry tea lemonade.

      1. You might want to look at a few cookbooks for ideas.I have a book from the 1920s called How to Entertain at Home,which was from Modern Priscilla magazine which has decoration ideas,menu suggestions,etc.for teas,bridge luncheons,Fourth of July parties,even church fundraisers.Could take a look through there for ideas for you when i get a chance.
        It's fall,so you might get some mum plants at Walmart or Home Depot,small ones that is,and put a couple on the table.
        You could cover the table with a ivory or pale tan colored
        cloth or paper table cover,with the orange and yellow mums in the center.And have leaf shaped place cards if desired.
        To send home with guests,you could make leaf shaped cookies
        wrapped in plastic wrap and tied with a red ribbon.
        Maybe get some leaf decorated paper plates and napkins for easy clean up.This is what i might do.
        You could have chicken salad sandwiches .Chicken with celery,chopped almonds and a hint of curry.Take bread and spread it with Dijon mustard.then add a slice of montery jack cheese or pepper cheese,add a piece of already cooked bacon ,roll up and them broil for a few minutes.
        take thin sliced roast beef and roll it around some dill pickles and then slice and add a tooth pick to it for ease in pickup. Tuna mixed with one of the new Kraft flavoured mayonnaise perhasp. sliced chicken with flavoured mayonnaise on cibatta bread.
        Maybe some sort of fruit salad.Perhasp a cheesecake of some kind or other cake.Home made or bakery cookies.
        How many people are you planning on?
        Lipton has some good flavoured ice tea mixes.
        The mango is alright,but tasted better when I added a few slices of oranges to it.
        You could make punch with ginger ale and sherbert.
        Just a few thoughts.

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        1. re: HollyDolly

          Just no fizzy drinks for a tea party.

        2. I am not to sure this would be considered chic, but I have had many a tea party in the past and one of my favorites is to purchase Honey Baked Ham Salad, then make tea sandwichs on light whole wheat bread. Pick a shape, like triangles, cut the crust off of the bread, fill it and then take a dab of mayo to ice the edge of the sandwich with, then roll the sandwich through finely minced parsley.

          Other variations that I use are curried chicken salad on white bread, and cream cheese on a nut bread with chives around the edge.

          Have fun!

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          1. re: grapevine

            Classic sandwiches: cucumber with butter, tomato with home made mayo.

          2. If you're going for a "modern" tea party, I would suggest, in addition to the the traditional English tea and fare-- to include Japanese Matcha and Chinese Oolong teas served with asian pastries. One of my absolute favorite recipes (always a winner) is for "Kasutera Cake" which is the Japanese version of a Castillian cake, extremely light and spongy (in texture, not in calories-- the recipe calls for 8 egg yolks!). If you make it, I would serve it with fresh, lightly sweetened whipped cream.
            Another great thing to serve with Asian teas are Omusubi or Onigiri.. rice balls (actually more like, triangles) filled with various goodies then wrapped with nori. These can look really cute if you make mini ones (like 2" high or so), mix various ingredients in with the rice to make them look prettier, and you can even buy colored soy sheets to wrap them with if you don't want to use nori. They will impart a sweeter taste to them.
            If you're going for a more European tea party, and want it to be modern and chic, I would stay away from the typical tea sandwiches and make something with a more gourmet flair. Like make mini black currant scones (super easy to make), cut them in half and fill melon or make a simple mash of fresh grapes and spread it on the sandwich like mayo and add prosciutto.
            I like grapevine's curried chicken salad idea, but I would serve it on mini brioche perhaps and maybe... add some raisins in with the chicken salad.
            You could really wow your guests with duck and orange marmalade and brie rolled into a wrap and cut into little pinwheels topped with dried cranberries or a nice spicy cranberry/ginger chutney.